COVID-19 Information

Updated 2nd September 2020 (NSW Health):

UPDATED LOCATIONS: NSW Health is asking all people who live in, or have visited, the following locations and local government areas (LGAs) in the past two weeks to get tested straight away if they have even the mildest of COVID-19 symptoms such as a runny nose or scratchy throat:
• Bankstown (suburb)
• Cumberland LGA
• Fairfield LGA
• Ku-ring-gai LGA
• Liverpool LGA
• Mt Druitt (suburb)
• Parramatta LGA
• Randwick LGA
• Sutherland LGA
• Sydney LGA – eastern part: includes the suburbs Sydney, Surry Hills, Darlinghurst, Woolloomooloo, Potts Point, Rushcutters Bay, Elizabeth Bay, Centennial Park
• Waverley LGA
• Willoughby LGA
• Woollahra LGA
To find your nearest testing location:
https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/how-to-protect-yourself-and-others/clinics
For up to date information on the latest case locations in NSW: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/latest-news-and-updates

Updated 20th August 2020:

Since Monday, the NSFA has been in contact with Football NSW who have been liaising with other State Sporting Organisations and NSW Health regarding further recommendations released by the Chief Health Officer on Monday. NSW Health and the NSW Government have made it clear to SSO’s their desire for community sport to continue due to its vital role in society.

NSFA and grassroots football Associations have been granted permission to continue community football, spanning across LGA’s.

The CEO of NSFA would like to reiterate the following:

  • Maximum ONE spectator per participating player. Only parents and carers permitted. If non-essential, please stay home!
  • All spectators must social distance 1.5m – This is roughly the length of your umbrella, please use it!
  • No sharing drink bottles or food (e.g. Half time oranges)
  • No changerooms can be used.
  • Portable pitch-side BBQs are not permitted.
  • NSFA encourage the use of face masks for spectators
  • Spectators are required to position themselves on the opposite side of the field to the technical area (Manager, Coach, Players), or stand behind a fence where possible.

Any person/Club found to be acting in breach of the above NSFA directive will be investigated and the matter will be put forth before NSFA Protests, Disputes and Disciplinary Committee.

Excluded Locations

Members (including spectators and officials) are excluded from participating in an NSFA activity if they have attended any of the reported case locations listed on the NSW Health website or Victoria in the last 14 days.

NSW Health List of Locations

Please notify your team manager immediately if you have attended a venue or location listed on the NSW Health website during the dates and times specified via the link above.

This includes businesses and establishments located within:

  • Castle Hill
  • Cherrybrook
  • Glebe
  • Lidcombe
  • Redfern
  • Rhodes
Updated 7th August 2020:

The restrictions enforced this weekend will include:

Persons who have visited Victoria in the last 14 days are excluded from participating in NSFA football activities (including spectators and officials).

Persons who have attended any of the reported case locations listed in NSW Health website, are excluded from participating in NSFA football activities (including spectators and officials).

A maximum of ONE spectator is permitted per player, where possible. We trust you!

Spectators are required to position themselves on the opposite side of the field to the technical area (Manager, Coach, Players), or stand behind a fence where possible.

Northern Suburbs Football Association and all member Clubs continue to enforce the following restrictions:

  • Do not attend practice or matches if you are feeling unwell
  • Player must arrive ‘match ready’ and avoid any loitering around the field pre & post-match
  • Maximum ONE spectator per participating player. Only parents and carers permitted. If non-essential, please stay home!
  • All spectators must social distance 1.5m – This is roughly the length of your umbrella, please use it!
  • No sharing drink bottles or food (ie. Half time oranges)
  • No changerooms can be used.
  • Portable pitch-side BBQs are not permitted.
  • NSFA encourage the use of face masks for spectators
Updated 6th August 2020 - BBQ's:

BBQ's at the games must meet Football NSW and NSFA safe BBQ requirements. Clubs are permitted for BBQ use if they meeting the following:
  • Ensure appropriate glove use when preparing and handling food.
  • BBQ cook(s) must wear face masks
  • BBQ utensils must not be shared
  • BBQ cooks(s) must wash utensils after use
  • Hand sanitiser MUST be present for public use
  • BBQ cooks and support staff are required to thoroughly wash their hands before/after shift
  • Regular disinfectant and cleaning of tables and surfaces
  • Where possible encourage the use of ETFPOS
  • Maintain social distancing measures of 1.5 metres between canteen staff.
  • As much as possible, create a barrier between customers and the food by covering it and moving it as far back from the counter front as the benchtop provides.
  • Where possible, designate one staff member for each function (best practice scenario):
    • to handle money;
    • to cook; 
    • to serve; 
    • to provide sauces.
  • Within the constraints of the venue/facility, ensure appropriate spacing when customers queue for service.
  • Portable BBQ’s (able to be carried by a single person) are not permitted.
  • Canteen staff/volunteers with a cold, cough or flu-like symptoms should not come to the game, and if appropriate be tested and/or self-isolate.
Updated 6th August 2020:

The restrictions enforced from this weekend will include:
  • Persons who have visited Victoria in the last 14 days are excluded from participating in NSFA football activities (including spectators and officials).
  • Persons who have attended any of the reported case locations listed in NSW Health website, are excluded from participating in NSFA football activities (including spectators and officials).
  • A maximum of ONE spectator is permitted per player, where possible. We trust you!
  • Pitch side BBQ’s (ie. Portable BBQ’s) are not permitted to be used before/during/after a match (example below)
  • Spectators are required to position themselves on the opposite side of the field to the technical area (Manager, Coach, Players), or stand behind a fence where possible.
Northern Suburbs Football Association and all member Clubs continue to enforce the following restrictions:
  • Do not attend practice or matches if you are feeling unwell
  • Player must arrive ‘match ready’ and avoid any loitering around the field pre & post-match
  • Maximum ONE spectator per participating player. Only parents and carers permitted. If non-essential, please stay home!
  • All spectators must social distance 1.5m – This is roughly the length of your umbrella, please use it!
  • No sharing drink bottles or food (ie. Half time oranges)
  • No changerooms can be used.
  • NSFA encourage the use of face masks for spectators
Any person found to be acting in breach of the above NSFA directive will be investigated and the matter will be put forth before NSFA Player Disputes and Disciplinary Committee.

With over 16,750 participants in 2020, we have a responsibility to ensure the safety of each other and the wider community of the Northern Suburbs. You have a responsibility to manage yourself, your teams mates and your associated spectators. Please exercise this responsibility.


Updated 30th July 2020:

Northern Suburbs Football Association and all member Clubs continue to enforce the following restrictions:
  • Do not attend practice or matches if you are feeling unwell
  • Players must arrive ‘match ready’ and avoid any loitering around the field pre & post-match
  • Maximum ONE spectator per participating player. Only parents and carers permitted. If non-essential, please stay home!
  • All spectators must social distance 1.5m – This is roughly the length of your umbrella, please use it!
  • No sharing drink bottles or food (e.g. Half time oranges)
  • No changerooms can be used.
  • Some MiniRoos fixtures have been moved to reduce the amount of spectators at certain hubs. You will have been notified already if this has impacted your team.
Any person found to be acting in breach of the above NSFA directive will be investigated and the matter will be put forth before NSFA Player Disputes and Disciplinary Committee.

Excluded Locations
Members (including spectators and officials) are excluded from participating in an NSFA activity if they have attended any of the reported case locations listed on the NSW Health website or Victoria in the last 14 days.


NSW Health List of Locations

Updated 24th July 2020:

The restrictions enforced this weekend will include:

  • Persons who have visited Victoria in the last 14 days are excluded from participating in NSFA football activities (including spectators and officials).
  • Persons who have attended any of the reported case locations listed in NSW Health website, are excluded from participating in NSFA football activities (including spectators and officials).
  • A maximum of ONE spectator is permitted per player, where possible. We trust you!

NSW Health List of Locations - https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/latest-news-and-updates

Northern Suburbs Football Association and all member Clubs continue to enforce the following restrictions:

  • Do not attend practice or matches if you are feeling unwell
  • Players must arrive ‘match ready’ and avoid any loitering around the field pre & post-match
  • Maximum ONE spectator per participating player. Only parents and carers permitted. If non-essential, please stay home!
  • All spectators must social distance 1.5m – This is roughly the length of your umbrella, please use it!
  • No sharing drink bottles or food (e.g. Half time oranges)
  • No changerooms can be used.
  • Some MiniRoos fixtures have been moved to reduce the amount of spectators at certain hubs. You will have been notified already if this has impacted your team.

Any person found to be acting in breach of the above NSFA directive will be investigated and the matter will be put forth before NSFA Player Disputes and Disciplinary Committee.

With 16,728 participants in 2020, we have a responsibility to ensure each other are safe and the wider community of the Northern Suburbs. You have a responsibility to manage yourself, your teams mates and your associated spectators. Please exercise this responsibility. If you do not feel comfortable participating please notify your manager. This is each individual’s responsibility.

NSFA staff and volunteers will be reporting on all grounds this weekend. Further restrictions may be applied in the coming weeks to ensure we remain COVID safe. Please keep an eye on the NSFA Facebook page for live updates. 

Updated 17th July 2020:

Yesterday, Geoff Lee, the Acting Sports Minister for NSW issued further restrictions on community sport to enable us to maintain a safe environment for our community and all involved. These include:

 
  • Persons who have visited Victoria in the last 14 days are excluded from participating in NSFA football activities (including spectators and officials).
 
  • Persons who have attended any of the reported case locations listed in NSW Health website, are excluded from participating in NSFA football activities (including spectators and officials).
 
Northern Suburbs Football Association and all member Clubs continue to enforce the following restrictions:
  • Do not attend practice or matches if you are feeling unwell
  • Player must arrive ‘match ready’ and avoid any loitering around the field pre & post-match
  • Maximum two spectators per participating player. Only parents and carers permitted.
  • All spectators must social distance 1.5m – This is roughly the length of your umbrella, please use it!
  • No sharing drink bottles or food (ex. Half time oranges)
  • No changerooms can be used.
 
Any person found to be acting in breach of the above NSFA directive will be investigated and the matter will be put forth before NSFA Player Disputes and Disciplinary Committee.
With over 16,500 participants in 2020, we have a responsibility to ensure each other are safe and the wider community of the Northern Suburbs. You have a responsibility to manage yourself, your teams mates and your associated spectators. Please exercise this responsibility.
 
NSFA staff and volunteers will be reporting on all grounds this weekend. Further restrictions may be applied in the coming weeks to ensure we remain COVID safe. Please keep an eye on the NSFA facebook page for live updates.

Members (including spectators and officials) are excluded from participating in an NSFA activity if they have attended any of the reported case locations listed on the NSW Health website or Victoria in the last 14 days.

NSW Health List of Locations -
https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/latest-news-and-updates

This includes businesses and establishments located within:
Albion Park
Belfield
Belmore
Bowral
Brighton Le Sands
Campbelltown
Casula
Narellan
North Wollongong
Parramatta
Pyrmont
Picton
Revesby
Tahmoor
Villawood
 
Please notify your Team Manager/AgeCoordinator or Club Secretary immediately if you have attended a venue or location listed on the NSW Health website.


Updated 26th June 2020:

On 26th June 2020, NSFA in conjuction with KDFRA, have produced the following Match Day Protocols:

Updated 25th June 2020:

On 25th June 2020, NSFA issued the following guidance for responding to COVID-19 cases in football:

Updated 19th June 2020:

On 19th June 2020, Foootball NSW developed a COVID-19 Safety Plan which has been adopted by NSFA & Willoughby Dalleys FC and is effective from 1st July 2020. This plan will cover the commencement of competition matches which are commencing on 3rd/4th July 2020. It also covers the full resumption of training as activities.

Updated 12th June 2020:

On 12th June 2020, Football NSW released its Level B "Return to Training Guidelines". These will come into effect from Saturday 13th June 2020.
All the current restrictions from Level 1 are still inforce, with the exception that groups of 20 persons (players/coaches) may now train together. In addition, a full size pitch can have 4 groups of 20 persons training at the same time. Willoughby Park #2 will be restricted to 2 groups of 20 persons training at the same time.

The Willoughby Dalleys FC training schedule from Level 1 restrictions will remain in force for Level B.

Teams are also reminded that training is still required to be non-contact.




Updated 11th June 2020:

On 11th June 2020, NSFA announced that Men's Premier League & Men's O35's competitions are approved to commence from 3rd July 2020. Return to Play Guidelines will be released shortly (Level C AIS Framework).

The M35-Div 2 comp will be 14 games, with competition ending 4th October 2020.

The Men's Premier League competition format will be announced within the next 7 days.

As of Saturday 13th June, groups of 20 will be permitted outdoors, including sport activities such as training. However, NO contact training must continue for now.

Updated 10th June 2020:

On 10th June 2020, both the NSW Government & Football NSW announced that sport for those over 18 year olds and older can resume across NSW from 1st July.
We are just awaiting final approval from NSFA to confirm that the start date for our Men's Senior Leagues will be Saturday 4th July 2020. 


Updated 2nd June 2020:

On 2nd June 2020, both the NSW Government & Football NSW announced that sport for 18 year olds and under can resume across NSW from 1st July.
We are just awaiting final approval from NSFA to confirm that the start date for our junior miniroos will be Saturday 4th July 2020. 

Updated 1st June 2020:

Under strict NSW Government Office of Sport guidelines, Football NSW, NSFA & Willoughby City Council  have granted approval for Willoughby Dalleys FC to re-commence football training from Tuesday 26th May 2020. The Club has submitted a modified training schedule and health & safety plan to ensure that we maintain a COVIDsafe environment.


A return to football training is not mandatory. All players/parents should make their own decision regarding their participation in Stage 1 training. The Club will understand if some individuals do not wish to immediately return to training.

Football training will be non-contact, with the matches, tackling, and  1 on 1 duels not permitted. During training, there will be a maximum of 40 persons allowed per full-size field. Refer to the NSFA Return to Training Guidelines for further details (refer below).

The Club's approved Stage 1 training commencement dates are as follows:
  • Men's Premier League - Tuesday 26th May 2020;
  • Men's Over 35's - Tuesday 2nd June 2020;
  • Miniroos - Wednesday 3rd June 2020.
All Players, Parents, Team Managers, Coaches, Age Coordinators, Committee Members and other Volunteers  should familiarise themselves with the following guidelines & publications:

Eveyone:
Team Managers ,Coaches & Age Coordinators: All Club members & parents should continue to follow common-sense rules that are currently in place, such as:
  • maintain 1.5m physical distancing;
  • maintain hand hygiene by regularly washing hands or using hand santiser - BEFORE & AFTER training;
  • sneeze or cough into a tissue or elbow, NOT your hands;
  • if using tissues, place them in the bin after use;
  • do not touch eyes, nose, or mouth if your hands are not clean;
  • do not attend training if you are not feeling well or have a fever;
  • no spitting at any time;
  • no sharing of water bottles;
  • no sharing of equipment such as footballs (miniroos);
  • only coaches should handle the coaching equipment;
  • avoid bringing bags to training - players should already be dressed for training when they arrive;
  • download the COVIDSafe app (optional).
Parents/Guardians should ensure that their child is aware of the new guidelines. The Club recommends that only one parent attend training per child, and that they adhere to the social distancing rules that the government currently has in place. Parents should not gather along the outside of the training ground in groups.

Each team must adhere to their approved commencement date & training allocation under Stage 1 Training, whilst adhering to the simple message for training: "GET IN, TRAIN, GET OUT". There will be a 15-minute gap in between each of the Miniroo training sessions.

Team Managers will also need to keep an attendance register of players, coaches & officials attending each training session via 
Football NSW - Training Attendance Register Level-1 or Team Managers Portal (MyClubMate - Team Attendance). Alternatively, this can be done by taking a photo of the attendees at each training session.

Hand sanitiser & Glen 20 Disinfectant Surface Spray will be provided by the Club as part of each Team Manager's Kit bag.


For up-to-date information, please visit the following links:

Willoughby Dalleys FC COVID-19 Safety Coordinator & Safety Plan

The Club's COVID-19 Safety Coordinator is Bob Tomasic (secretary@wdfc.com.au)

Willoughby Dalleys FC COVID-19 Safety Plan.